20th May 2013
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.
Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur 5
3:50 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been fined a substantial amount, and suspended for three months, for tweeting the word "fag".
France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law 10
3:20 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has signed into law a bill which allows equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill 10
2:58 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Mike Freer has spoken out to say that he thinks other Tory MPs are trying to "derail" the equal marriage bill, and that an amendment to allow opposite-sex civil partnerships could undermine it.
Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’ 30
2:40 PM — The Church of England has released a statement expressing its opposition to suggestions that the government may amend the equal marriage act to allow civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally 5
2:23 PM — Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishili has condemned violence against a peaceful LGBT rally yesterday in Tbilisi, and called for tolerance, respect, and the right to freedom of expression for all.
17th May 2013
Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’ 33
7:17 PM — Over 70% of Russians are against justification and public display of homosexual relations, with only 12% in favour, a new poll has found.
Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights 9
7:01 PM — The Portuguese Parliament on Friday passed a bill to offer some adoption and fostering rights to same-sex couples.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for tweeting the word ‘fag’ 3
6:12 PM — An Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fighter has been suspended after he tweeted defending a fellow fighter who lost his bonus as a fine for smoking marijuana, in which he included the word "fag".
Sunderland Football Club flies rainbow flag in support of IDAHOT 4
5:50 PM — Sunderland Association Football Club has flown a rainbow flag in favour of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and the city's mayor has celebrated the decision.
Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies’ toilets 38
5:35 PM — A transgender woman has claimed she was threatened with being banned from a shopping centre, after someone complained about her using the ladies' toilets.
Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss 14
4:51 PM — Turkey's official television station has been urged by human rights groups to broadcast the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, following reports that it had cancelled the broadcast due to a lesbian kiss by Finland's act on Thursday.
Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters 20
4:09 PM — A rally in the Georgian city of Tbilisi to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), has been taken over by a violent mob of thousands who chased down demonstraters, forcing police to evacuate gay rights supporters.
Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given ‘step-by-step’ gay sex scene instructions 22
3:23 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has spoken in an interview about filming gay sex scenes for his latest film, about the life of poet Allen Ginsberg, saying that when filming an intimate gay scene, the director gave him "step-by-step" instructions.
Uma Thurman to star in biopic as anti-gay campaigner Anita Bryant 14
3:01 AM — Hollywood actor Uma Thurman is set to star as anti-gay Christian activist Anita Bryant, in a film about her life.
Video: Finland’s pro-equal marriage Eurovision entrant stages lesbian kiss and gets into final 16
2:34 AM — Following the second set of semi-finals tonight, Finland's Eurovision entrant found herself with a place in the final, following her performance of her pro-equal marriage song, which included a lesbian kiss.
16th May 2013
US columnist: Homosexuality ‘has destroyed every civilisation it has touched’ 39
6:17 PM — Christian Post contributor Ken Hutcherson has attacked another contributor to the site for commending Jason Collins for coming out as gay, saying that homosexuality "has destroyed every civilisation it has touched", as well as "the family", and "the soul".
Ukraine: Amnesty pushes urgent introduction of anti-LGBT discrimination laws
5:56 PM — Amnesty International has published a report which urges the Ukrainian Government to introduce legislation to tackle discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, following a number of attacks.